Next Regular Meeting

Mon June 19 @ 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
620 S. Grandview Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Club Repeater Listings

K4BO145.3300-127.3WBFM
K4BV147.1500-127.3WBFM

Local Repeater Listings

KI4RF146.6550-103.5WBFM
WD8JTJ146.8350-103.5WBFM
W2DU146.8650-NoneWBFM
KV4EOC147.2400-123.0WBFM
WV4ARS147.3150-NoneWBFM
NY4Z442.1250-94.8DMR
KC4HFL443.2125-NoneDMR
KE4NZG443.8250-114.8WBFM
KI4RF444.1750-156.7WBFM
W4RPT444.2000-103.5WBFM
NP4ND444.2500-103.5WBFM
W4TAM444.8500-127.3WBFM

Wednesday - Portable Ops - Sunrise Park

While we are scheduled to convene at Sunrise Park, Holly Hill on Wednesday, our fearless leader, Art WB4MNK has opted out of this weeks festivities. I would hope that Phil would take up the slack. Also it would be good to see Jeff N3GLV and Ed N3OB myself, I WILL STOP UP THERE IN THE FORLORN HOPE OF CATCHING A BAND OPENING. Bob W2EJG
Upcoming Events
Wednesday - Portable Ops - Sunrise Park
Wed May 24 @ 09:00 am
Wednesday - Portable Ops - Veterans Park
Wed May 31 @ 09:00 am
Wednesday - Portable Ops - Reed Canal Park
Wed Jun 7 @ 09:00 am
Club News
DBARA Regular Meeting - Wally Ritchie (WU1Y) - AMSAT Geosync Satellites
Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless v1.1 Finally in stock!
Another successful tailgate.
Classifieds
Looking to Sell - Astron VS-35M Power Supply - by NW0LF
Looking to Sell - Hustler 4BTV vertical including 30 meter add on kit. - by N4KS
News Feeds
Field Day 2017 1 Month Away
Florida East Coast DX Club Meeting on June 3rd, 2017 in Melbourne, FL
FCC MODERNIZES PERSONAL RADIO SERVICES RULES

Field Day 2017 1 Month Away

Posted on Tuesday May 23, 2017, 9:37 pm by Volusia ARES

Field Day 2017 is one month away on June 24th and 25th. If you plan on attending field day this year or want to bring out food or drinks to support the volunteers at field day, this is the time to let us know your plans. Go to https://www.volusiaares.org/field-day-2017/ and fill out the form to help coordinate efforts.

You can also contact me directly at.

Karl Martin KG4HBN
Emergency Coordinator
Volusia Amateur Radio Emergency Service
volusiaares.org

Florida East Coast DX Club Meeting on June 3rd, 2017 in Melbourne, FL

Posted on Monday May 22, 2017, 5:35 pm by Florida East Coast DX Meeting

The Florida East Coast DX Club will be holding it's quarterly meeting on Saturday June 3, 2017 at 12Noon-2PM at the Red Ginger Restaurant at 1700 W. New Haven Ave in Melbourne,FL. The resturant is in the rear northwest corner of the Melbourne Mall. The number for the resturant is 321-951-9818.
The program is a DXPexition video a short business meeting.
All are welcome.

Warren - AE4WG

FCC MODERNIZES PERSONAL RADIO SERVICES RULES

Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017, 10:33 pm by QRZNow.com

Media Contact: Cecilia Sulhoff, 202-418-0587 cecilia.sulhoff@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

FCC MODERNIZES PERSONAL RADIO SERVICES RULES — WASHINGTON, May 18, 2017 – Today, the FCC took steps to update the Personal Radio Services rules, also known as Part 95 of the Commission’s rules, in order to modernize them, remove outdated requirements, and reorganize them to make it easier to find information. Significantly, as part of this effort, the FCC addressed more than two dozen proposals submitted by interested parties. Today’s action will result in a more consistent, clear, and concise set of rules that will better serve the needs of the public.[Read More...]

Roman in Mongolia

Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017, 5:56 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Roman, RN5M, is now in Mongolia and will use the JT5DX contest station (under construction) in Zuunburen which is northwest of Ulaanbaatar.

Look for him to be active during his free time as JT5MA.

QSL via LY5W direct only (not LY QSL Bureau member).

He is expected to be there until May 31st.

(SOUTHGATE)

Tuvalu operation

Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017, 5:55 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

John, KK7L, will once again be active as T2R from Funafuti Atoll (OC-015) between May 23-29th.

John is there continuing the club outreach and education efforts by introducing government, Red Cross, and others to HF Digital modes for inter-island and around-the-world communications.

If all goes well, a permanent Winlink station will be established for emergency and maritime communications needs in the Central Pacific region.

Donations are welcome to help cover the cost for a set of radios to support digital mode operations from Tuvalu. See QRZ.com for more details.?[Read More...]

#Hamvention begins Friday!

Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017, 3:57 pm by ARRL

#Hamvention begins Friday! Follow our Twitter page at twitter.com/arrl for forum speakers, locations, and times throughout the weekend. Be sure to tag your photos and videos with #Hamvention and #ARRL. Have fun!

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JY1SAT applies for frequency coordination

Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017, 10:28 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

The JY1SAT CubeSat is planned to launch early in 2018 and will carry a FUNcube 435/145 MHz SSB/CW transponder and Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) system

The team have submitted an application to the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel which says:

JY1SAT is an educational 1U CubeSat project with the goal of providing an actual space project for Jordanian University students. Additionally it is intended to enthuse and educate young people about radio, space, physics and electronics.

The spacecraft will only require simple groundstation antennas and an SDR dongle receiver. This will make it uncomplicated for schools and colleges to use with their students. It is anticipated JY1SAT will be launched into a Sun Synchronous Low Earth Orbit about 450-600km. In such an orbit the satellite passes over Jordan at least twice a day.[Read More...]

NOAA Hail Size Chart -- Not Marble Sizes...

Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017, 10:24 am by NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

AJ4MQ: Because Marble-sized just doesn't help..

ARRL Contest Update is Online!

Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017, 10:21 am by ARRL

The #ARRL Contest Update is ready to read here! http://www.arrl.org/contest-update-issues?issue=2017-05-17 #HamRadio

Rare Canadian Satellite Grid Expedition

Posted on Tuesday May 16, 2017, 6:21 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Ken, VE3HLS, has announced that he plans to operate from four never-activated grids on the satellites grids this weekend (May 20th and 21st).

He will be driving up from his home QTH in FN03 to Chibougamau, QC, on the afternoon of Saturday, May 20th. There are several favorable passes on Saturday evening and he hopes to spend a few hours handing out the FN29 grid as a warm up.

On Sunday the 21st, there is a bonanza of great satellite passes!
The trouble will be deciding when to break so he can move to a different location. The plan at this time is to set up on the FN29/39 boundary in the morning and operate there for a few hours. Then he will move to
FO20/30 and then FO20/FN29.

More information about operating schedules will be posted on amsat-bb as he gets closer to departure date. He will also post information on his QRZ page at: https://qrz.com/db/VE3HLS

OPDX

(SOUTHGATE)

Geoparks Communications Weekend

Posted on Tuesday May 16, 2017, 6:11 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Ireland's South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will, for the 10th consecutive year, take part in the Geoparks Communications weekend which takes place this year over the weekend of 3rd & 4th June to coincide with European Geoparks week.

The event is co-ordinated by Martin G3VOF of the Riviera Amateur Radio Club and awards are available for working Geopark stations including the main station GB6GEO. Although most activity is in Europe, a number of stations will be QRV from geoparks around the world.
[Read More...]

Realtime band conditions website

Posted on Tuesday May 16, 2017, 6:11 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
(REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores.

It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's.

This information is NOT based on any software predictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
http://www.bandconditions.com

Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html

OPDX

(SOUTHGATE)

Registration is Open for the 2017 W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet

Posted on Tuesday May 16, 2017, 6:09 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Online registration is now available and the program is shaping up for the 2017 W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet September 15-16 in suburban Chicago. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will be the keynote speaker for this 65th annual W9DXCC event. Discounted hotel rooms can also be booked now.

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, W9DXCC will also offer Contest University (CTU) and DX University (DXU) programs on Friday, with presentations for new and veteran DXers and contest operators. The day-long session on Saturday will feature speakers, exhibits, QSL card checking, and a CW pile-up contest, plus prizes. Visit the W9DXCC website for more information and updates, or contact John McCormick, K9KE.

http://w9dxcc.com/registration.html

Updated ARRL “US Amateur Radio Bands” Charts Now Available

Posted on Tuesday May 16, 2017, 6:09 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

ARRL has revised and updated its “US Amateur Radio Bands” charts, and these now are available for download. These are PDF documents, available in color or grayscale presentations.

The revised charts reflect the new 630- and 2,200-meter bands, but also emphasize that these bands are not yet available for Amateur Radio use. The effective date of the recent FCC Report & Order granting these allocations has not yet been determined, and until the start date has been set, it is not legal under an Amateur Radio license to transmit on either band.

The FCC will publish a notice in The Federal Register “announcing such approval and the relevant effective date.” ARRL will announce the UTC notification procedures and the effective date to use these new bands as soon as these are known. At that time, ARRL will update the Amateur Radio frequency charts at that time.[Read More...]

Driving to Hamvention? Take a 2-Meter Radio Along; Car Pool, if Possible

Posted on Tuesday May 16, 2017, 6:08 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Hamvention® organizers say those planning to drive to Hamvention 2017 at its new location at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, should take alongn a 2-meter radio and be ready to use it, in order to make their arrival safer and easier. Gary Mullins, K8UW — chair of the Talk-In Committee for Hamvention 2017 — anticipates that the new location will generate the need for more information by those who have never been to the Fairgrounds. To ease the load on the 146.94 MHz (123.0 Hz) talk-in frequency, Hamvention will deploy an informational bulletin system on 145.525 MHz to answer many frequently asked questions and provide important general information to motorists approaching the area.
[Read More...]

DBARA Regular Meeting - Wally Ritchie (WU1Y) - AMSAT Geosync Satellites

Posted on Monday May 15, 2017, 10:59 am by AJ4MQ

I'll be giving a presentation at tonight's meeting on the upcoming AMSAT geosynchronous satellites and the Heimdallr Lunar Satellite. All these will be operating in the Amateur Microwave Bands.

Wally Ritchie
WU1Y

News for England South East

Posted on Sunday May 7, 2017, 11:11 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

We start with clubs that have several events this week. Coulsdon Amateur Transmitting Society has nets today and next Sunday at 11am on 145.4MHz ± QRM and 5pm on 3.7MHz ± QRM. Wednesday sees a net from 9pm on 70.425MHz. Details from Mike Buckley, M1CCF, on 020 8654 2582.

Worthing & District Amateur Radio Club has its monthly club breakfast at 9am today and a lecture on Wednesday. Contact Al, M0OAL, via email to information@wadarc.org.uk.

Surrey Radio Contact Club has its net today and next Sunday on 1905kHz from 9.30am. On Monday there’s a talk on the architecture and functionality of low cost digital storage oscilloscopes by Pat, G4FDN. On Thursday there’s a net on 70.300MHz from 8pm, and Friday sees a net on 145.350MHz from 8pm. Contact John, G3MCX, on 020 8688 3322.

Felixstowe & District Amateur Radio Society has a quiz night with G7CIY on Monday. Next Sunday sees GB2WTM on the air from Woodbridge Tide Mill for National Mills Day. More information from Paul, G4YQC, by email to pjw@btinternet.com.[Read More...]

News for England South West

Posted on Sunday May 7, 2017, 11:11 am by Amateur Radio Newsline

Exeter Amateur Radio Society has its net on GB3EW from 7.45pm on Tuesday. Wednesday sees planning for the Open Evening in America Hall at 6.30pm. Contact Nick, M0NRJ, on 01363 775 756.

Flight Refuelling Amateur Radio Society has a VHF activity evening on Wednesday. Next Sunday sees a talk on the Embley Broadcasting Tower disaster by Ray, G3HRH. For more details contact John, G4POF, on 0758 250 6336.

Thornbury & South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club is having a talk on vintage technology on Wednesday. Friday sees the club VHF net. Details from Mark, 2E0RKM, on 0777 629 2813.

South Bristol Amateur Radio Club is having a briefing for Mills on the Air on Thursday. Next Saturday and Sunday sees the Mills on the Air activity weekend. Details from Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on 07838 695 471.

Now we return to the traditional listing in date order. On Monday Weston Super Mare Radio Society is having a construction, operating and natter night. Contact Martin Jones, G7UWI, on 01934 613 094.

On Tuesday Plymouth Radio Club is having a club night. Contact David Beck, 2E0DTC, via email to d.beck123@btinternet.com.[Read More...]

Important Notice — New MF and LF Bands are Not Yet Available to Use!

Posted on Thursday May 4, 2017, 5:12 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

The new 630-meter and 2200-meter bands are not yet available for Amateur Radio use. The effective date of the recent FCC Report & Order (R&O) granting these allocations has not yet been determined, and until the start date has been set, it is not legal legal under an Amateur Radio license to transmit on either band.

The fact that the new rules contain a new information-collection requirement — notification of operation to the United Telecoms Council (UTC) — complicates the matter of determining an effective date. According to the FCC R&O, the Office of Management and Budget (under the Paperwork Reduction Act) must first approve the information-collection requirements in §97.303(g)(2), which must be in place before radio amateurs can use the new bands.
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Manitoba schools to fly High Altitude Balloons today

Posted on Thursday May 4, 2017, 2:37 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Eight schools in Manitoba will be launching High Altitude Balloons (HABs) today, Thursday, May 4. The launches will take place from Langruth Elementary School in Langruth, Manitoba located near the west shore of Lake Manitoba. Their students will be able to watch the launches live.

Flight time is just under 2.5 hours. The landings will occur near Lowe Farm, a farming community in southern Manitoba west of Morris and the Red River. It’s a great region to land in. The weather is expected to be great with a few clouds, light surface winds and a high of about 20 degrees.[Read More...]

Amateur Radio satellite operation in Algeria

Posted on Thursday May 4, 2017, 2:36 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Abdel Mesbah M0NPT reports on what is believed to be the first amateur radio satellite operation from Algeria

An introductory training course on amateur satellite traffic was organized on April 14-15, 2017 at the 7X3WPL radio club in Laghouat (400 km south of Algiers).

This course was held under the auspices of the Laghouat Youth and Sports Directorate, Laghouat’s League of Cultural and Scientific Activities for Youth (LACS), the National Association of Algerian Radio Amateurs (ARA) and The El Manar youth hostel which houses the radio club 7X3WPL.

A certificate of training was given to each participant[Read More...]

ARISS contact planned for schools in France

Posted on Wednesday May 3, 2017, 12:14 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

An International Space Station contact has been planned for astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG with Collège Georges Brassens, Saint-Venant, France, Collège René Cassin de Lillers, Lillers, France, and Lycée Polyvalent Anatole France, Lillers, France

The event is scheduled Friday May 5, 2017 at approximately 09:58 UTC, which is 11.58 CEST.

The radio contact will be operated by TM1ØISS. Downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM.

Schools presentation

Collège Georges Brassens
The village of Saint Venant is located in the Pas-de-Calais, at 40 Km west of Lille.

The college Georges Brassens includes 435 pupils supervised by 32 teachers. These students are between 11 and 15 years of age.

In 2015, 91% of the students obtained their diplomas, 61% of which were awarded, which enabled the college to obtain a distinction. Scientific projects are regularly conducted at the college: balloon probes, BIA project ... They allow students to develop their scientific culture and discover many trades.[Read More...]

Meteors from Halley's Comet

Posted on Wednesday May 3, 2017, 12:13 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

A radar in Canada has detected radio echoes coming from the constellation Aquarius. This is a sign that the annual eta Aquarid meteor shower is underway.

In the days ahead ahead our planet will cross a network of debris streams from Halley's Comet, producing a drizzle of eta Aquarids numbering 10 to 30 meteors per hour in the northern hemisphere and perhaps twice that number in the southern hemisphere.
Usually, the eta Aquarid shower peaks around May 6th.

This year, there might be an additional enhancement on May 4th or 5th.[Read More...]

Caribbean tour

Posted on Wednesday May 3, 2017, 12:13 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

Frank, PH2M, will have a holiday style DXpedition to the following Dutch Caribbean Islands:

May 19-24th -- Callsign PJ7/PH2M; St. Maarten Island
May 24-29th -- Callsign PJ6/PH2M; Saba Island
May 29th-June 4th -- Callsign PJ5/PH2M; St. Eustatius Island

Activity from all islands will be on 40-10 meters using SSB (100w) and WSPR (200mw) with wire endfed antennas.

QSL all callsign via LoTW, by the Bureau, direct or ClubLog's OQRS.[Read More...]

ARRL Field Day Site Locator is Live for 2017, Public Service Announcements Available

Posted on Tuesday May 2, 2017, 8:06 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

ARRL Field Day is June 24-25. The Field Day site locator is now up and running, and, to date, around 400 sites already are in the database. To find a Field Day site near you, type in your town and state in the “Location or Call Sign” box at the upper left. Listings also are available by state or Canadian province.
To add a site, visit the Add Field Day Station page.
http://www.arrl.org/field_days/add

The 2017 Field Day public service announcements (PSAs) for event publicity are now available in audio or video formats. There are two versions of each — “national” (generic) and local MP3 audio spots, and generic and local MP4 video spots. The local versions have room at the end for clubs to add a tag that includes contact information. Each spot is 29 seconds.
Please notify the ARRL Public Relations Department, if you are able to place these PSAs for radio, TV, or cable system airtime. See May QST, page 93, for the Field Day announcement.
http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator
(ARRL)

FCC Personal Radio Service Revisions Will Affect GMRS, FRS, CB, Other Part 95 Devices

Posted on Saturday April 29, 2017, 1:32 pm by QRZNow.com

In a lengthy Report and Order (R&O) in a proceeding (WT Docket No. 10-119) dating back 7 years, the FCC has announced rule changes affecting the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), the Family Radio Service (FRS), the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS or “CB”), as well as other applications that fall under the FCC’s Part 95 Personal Radio Services (PRS) rules and regulations. Part 95 devices typically are low-power units that communicate over shared spectrum and, with some exceptions, do not require an individual user license from the FCC. As the R&O explains, common examples of PRS devices include “walkie-talkies;” radio-control cars, boats, and planes; hearing assistance devices; CB radios; medical implant devices; and Personal Locator Beacons.[Read More...]

Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless v1.1 Finally in stock!

Posted on Friday April 28, 2017, 8:46 pm by AJ4MQ

For those who have taken my attempts at Microcontroller classes will be happy to know the last step of the class has finally arrived, and can be purchased finally.. The Raspberry Pi Zero v1.1 with Wireless!

This unit costs only $10 and has the power of a small computer. Using Linux (Raspbian Jessie) with Pixel, you can have a simiar-to windows-like interface. Using Python, you can start programming quickly. with 40 IO pins, (28 usable, maybe more), you can interface any older project easily.

Unit has a MiniHDMI connector, MicroUSB for Power and for USB devices, a display (TV) connector, and a MicroSD card slot capable of at least 64GB cards, NOOBS works fine.

This card is literally less than half of a credit card in size, and nearly as thick.

Projects I hope to build with this soon (if I get any free time), includes FoxBox, Video Game Console, and Touch-Screen Kiosk. Looks to be compatible with the 7" touch screen and appears to fit in the foldable unit for a portable touch-screen station..

If anyone is looking to buy one, get together and save on shipping... If I am around for the next DBARA meeting, I hope to bring it in.[Read More...]

Helvetia Contest 2017

Posted on Friday April 28, 2017, 6:57 pm by QRZNow.com

The new International Helvetia Contest with the new rules (All-to-all QSO) which takes place 29 – 30 April 2017 at 13:00 UTC – 12:59 UTC.

Rules in English available here: http://www.uska.ch/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/02-HF_Contest_Rules_2017_English_20161107czf.pdf

There are two main major changes in the Rules:

Scoring of Contacts, Multipliers:
Contact with a station in Switzerland: 10 points
Contact with a station within the same continent: 1 point
Contact with a station outside the own continent: 3 points
Multipliers: Canton and DXCC country (including Switzerland) per band: 1 point

Categories:
SOAB-CW-HP
SOAB-SSB-HP
SOAB-CW + SSB + Digital-QRP
SOAB-CW + SSB + Digital-HP
MOAB-CW-HP
MOAB-SSB-HP
MOAB-CW + SSB + Digital-HP
SWL

Watch out: The logs must be sent as a datafile to contest@uska.ch within 8 days.[Read More...]

Satellite operation planned for Armed Forces Day - W2GSB

Posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017, 6:54 pm by Amateur Radio Newsline

The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club will operate a special event station W2GSB/APM at the American Airpower Museum located at the historic Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY, May 20-21, 2017.

This event commemorates Armed Forces weekend to honor our service men and women of the armed forces who have given so much.

+ SSB - 14.280 and 7.280
+ CW - 14.055 and 7.055
+ Satellite operation on available passes

QSL - Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 1356
West Babylon, NY 11704

Web page: http://www.gsbarc.org/events.htm

Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club

ANS

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Happy Birthday, Guglielmo Marconi!

Posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017, 8:27 am by ARRL

Happy Birthday, Guglielmo Marconi! #ARRL #HamRadio#NationalInventorsMonth #HappyBirthdayMarconi